Lundberg easily wins Senate District 4 GOP Primary

Hank Hayes • Aug 4, 2016 at 9:59 PM

KINGSPORT — Tennessee state Rep. Jon Lundberg will replace outgoing Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey as the seat holder in the 4th Senatorial District.

Lundberg, R-Bristol, easily defeated former state Rep. Tony Shipley, Colonial Heights Republican Neal Kerney and Blountville Republican John Paul Blevins in Thursday’s GOP Primary. No Democrat has filed to run for the seat.

Lundberg took 6,679 votes, compared to 2,630 for Kerney, 2,508 for Shipley, and 330 for Blevins, according to unofficial returns from Sullivan, Carter and Johnson counties. The only county where Lundberg was seriously challenged was in Johnson, where he recorded a 20-vote victory.

Lundberg has served as House District 1 representative since 2006.

“I think voters have affirmed me because they’ve watched for 10 years and what I’ve been doing,” Lundberg said of the outcome. “They see common sense introducing legislation and dealing with things in a common sense fashion. That’s what I’m taking away from this.”

Lundberg, with help from his existing campaign account and several contributions from political action committees, raised more money than all three of the other candidates combined.

The campaigns of the candidates appeared to be friendly toward one another, as all four are military veterans. But, near the end, a Tri-Cities Tea Party group got behind Shipley in an online political ad and said Lundberg “does not represent the people who elected him.”

The 4th Senatorial District represents all of Sullivan and Johnson counties, and part of Carter County.

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